Four goals to Taylor Walker and two to Patrick Dangerfield helped Adelaide overcome some poor kicking to beat Fremantle by 28 points in their home AFL match on Saturday.
Dangerfield’s best-on-ground performance included his two majors booted from beyond 50 metres as the Crows won 17.17 (119) to 14.7 (91) to consolidate their top-two position.
But the home side had 34 scoring shots to just 21 and were guilty of some costly turnovers which kept the Dockers in the contest.
Michael Walters kicked three goals for Fremantle but Matthew Pavlich was held to just two by Daniel Dalia, ending the spearhead’s run of great form.
In the opening term, Adelaide dominated the play, peppering the goal without much reward.
Josh Jenkins missed an easy shot from 20 metres in the opening two minutes, setting the tone for the day, before Walker managed the opening major of the game.
When Ian Callinan snapped truly, the Crows had three early goals and had stretched the lead to 15 points.
But the Dockers began to win the clearances and goals from Matt De Boer and Michael Barlow reduced deficit to just two points before Scott Thompson kicked straight from a free to have Adelaide out by nine points at quarter-time.
In the second term, the teams traded goals until Keplar Bradley put the Dockers in front for the first time in the match, kicking straight from 25 metres.
That was short-lived, however, with the Crows replying within a minute when Callinan picked up his second for the game to take the home side to the main break with a four-point advantage.
In the third term, the Crows threatened to break the game open with brilliant running goals to Dangerfield and Richard Douglas but failed to put the Dockers away with some missed opportunities.
Walters also kept Fremantle in the hunt with two goals for the quarter with Adelaide leading by 22 points at the final change.
In the last term, the teams traded goals until Walker booted his fourth, putting the game and perhaps a spot in the top eight beyond the Dockers’ reach.